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Wake Forest Real Estate A Metropolitan Feel, Small Town Charm

Situated less than 10 miles north of Raleigh, Wake Forest is a prime location for anyone wishing to enjoy a quality way of life with all the benefits of city living.


The town began in 1832 when the North Carolina Baptist Convention, intent on establishing an educational institute to train future ministers, purchased

Dr. Calvin Jones’ 615-acre plantation north of the existing community of Forestville for $2,000.  The commercial and residential growth allowed the community to be incorporated on March 26, 1880, as the Town of Wake Forest College. The college and the town thrived together through good times and bad until shortly after the end of World War II when it was announced the college would move to Winston-Salem. Happily, the Southern Baptist Convention decided to locate its new seminary in Wake Forest, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary shared the campus with the college until it moved in 1956.

Beginning in the 1990s and continuing today, the town has seen explosive growth in its population, now has close to 30,000 residents with expectations of growing to 40,000. New subdivisions have been built, and the town boundaries now run from – and into – Franklin County on the north to the Neuse River on the south, from west of U.S. 1 on the west to just shy of U.S. 401 on the east.

Wake Forest Today

Today, it has grown into a thriving community, offering residents and visitors diverse economic and cultural opportunities.  From art galleries and specialty shops to coffee companies and consignment boutiques, Downtown Wake Forest is a vibrant, charming, historical and happening place to visit.

Shop at The Cotton Company or the N.C. Specialty Shops, where you make your own gift basket of Tarheel souvenirs. Stroll through other shops and art galleries dotting the 100-year-old town’s historic downtown commercial district. Grab a bite to eat and shop at Sugar Magnolia Cafe or grab a hot dog at Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs, a family-owned business since 1916.  You can also grab a beverage at White Street Brewing Company is the town’s hometown brewery. Specializing in classic styles, White Street crafts a variety of authentic beers that are suitable for all tastes.

For the sports enthusiast, The Factory offers ice rinks, a skate park, indoor soccer, an inflatable playground, miniature golf, and go-carts–while Heritage Golf Club offers the best in-play any time of the year.


Official Town Website

Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce

Discover Downtown Wake Forest

Wake Forest Arts Council